News Release

Published on Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Second-year students in the Culinary Management program at Western Wisconsin Technical College will learn what it takes to make it in the food service industry – not from books or lecture, but from local experts in the field.

The Student Mentoring program has become a popular addition to the culinary curriculum for both the students and the participating businesses. Classes have just gotten underway, and already the students have selected their top three choices for mentors from a list of 12 businesses representing all aspects of the food service industry.

This year’s pool of mentors includes representatives from Chartwell’s at UW-L, Courtesy Corporation (McDonald’s), Festival Foods, Franciscan Skemp Healthcare, Gundersen Lutheran, Panera Bread, Perkins, Piggy’s Restaurant, Reinhart Foodservice, Stansfield Vending, Taylor’s Café, and TGI Friday’s.

Students have sent resumes to their top choices to inform them of their interest, and at the upcoming Mentoring Fair, Thursday, Jan. 19, students will have the opportunity to meet representatives from each of the participating businesses. During the event, the students are required to interview with three prospective mentors, resulting in the selection of one mentor per student for the spring semester. Throughout the semester, the students will meet with their mentors on three separate occasions and have one job shadow experience.

“In addition to acquainting students with the various segments of the industry, the Student Mentoring program provides a support system to answer questions and address professional concerns, provides quality role modeling, and directly connects our students with the professional food service industry,” said Deb Klug, WWTC Culinary Management instructor and program head. “It’s also a great opportunity for businesses to train and retain students in this community.”

To learn more about the WWTC Culinary Management program or additional WWTC programs and services, please call 608.785.9200 or visit the Web site at